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Your Questions About Bird Watching

Your Questions About Bird Watching

Nancy asks… What is there to possibly do in the tropical rain forest?!? I have to write a two page “brochure” trying to lure people to come visit the tropical rain forest. I am supposed to talk about the wonderful things you can do there. I already have filled about a page telling all about the beautiful things you could see while hiking through there. What else could I mention? What DO people really do in the tropical rain forest besides hike and bird watch? Ideas would be fantastic! Thank you. Admin answers: The solution to this question is to look at brochures for rain...
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Birding Is Fun!: Fun With Bird Names

Birding Is Fun!: Fun With Bird Names

In the 12 years I’ve been actively watching birds I’ve often found myself intrigued – and sometimes confused – by some of the names, both common and scientific (Latin). Currently in the midst of a top secret bird -related project, I’ve had a chance to go over the complete A.O.U. checklist and, along with some I’ve known about for a while, found a few interesting names along the way. At times one has to wonder what went/goes into the thought process in naming some species. Some common names, of course, are very descriptive choices. Who could argue with the appropriately...
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Bird Watching Gifts – Holiday Gift Ideas

Bird Watching Gifts – Holiday Gift Ideas...

Bird watching is one of the fastest growing interests in the world. If you’re buying for a bird watcher, here’s a primer on ideas for bird watching gifts. Bird Watching Gifts Bird watching may seem the simplest of tasks. In truth, there are lots of gadgets, which gives you an opportunity to find great bird watching gifts 1. Binocular Pack Straps – Where you find bird watchers, you’ll find binoculars. Binoculars are the staple equipment item of all birders. The problem, however, is binoculars have a habit of flopping around your body when walking and putting a strain on...
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Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve – The Best Place To Experience Bird …

Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve – The Be...

Sian Ka’an is one of the most wished for destinations when it comes to birding and it is one of the best bird watching sites among birding communities. This place is a picturesque protected area which sits on the Riviera Maya close to Tulum Mexico has plenty to offer like the ancient Mayan ruins, rich flora and fauna and a lot more. In Maya language, Sian Ka’an means, ” Where the sky is born”; the name is given by the ancient Maya. This portion of the Yucatan Peninsula features generally flat landscape with limestone bedrock and minimal real elevation. Even if there are...
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Birder Profile with Mike Munts

Birder Profile with Mike Munts

Which is your favourite field guide and why? The Sibley Guide to Birds is the one I carry. David’s paintings are amazing and is one of the most well researched. For a digital guide, I use Thayer’s Birds of North America. It’s great software package. It has a quiz feature and the song features are great. When I need to practice or study for survey work this is what I use. Which three books from your personal birding library would you recommend to other birders? Field Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of North America (Harrison) This is a great book for a side of bird...
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Why You Should Go Bird Watching in Sian Ka’an

Why You Should Go Bird Watching in Sian ...

Sian Ka’an is one of the most wished for destinations when it comes to birding and it is one of the best bird watching sites among birding communities. This place is a picturesque protected area which sits on the Riviera Maya close to Tulum Mexico has plenty to offer like the ancient Mayan ruins, rich flora and fauna and a lot more. Sian Ka’an means “Where the sky is born”, and its name was given by the ancient Maya. This area of the Yucatan Peninsula features mainly flat landscape having limestone bedrock and hardly any real elevation. You can hardly find real surface...
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Day 232 Bird Watch

Day 232 Bird Watch

Take a picture…it will last longer! We sat down to have a coffee late in the afternoon. We were all a bit tired from a long day of sightseeing and observing the natural beauty of the Alps. As we sat there with our coffee enjoying the warmish rays of the sinking sun, this little bird landed on the post at the edge of water. I imagined him also being tired, having flown all day enjoying the Alps, the lakes, and the little villages that managed to survive nestled back in the hills. I imagined him needing a rest and he decided this was the best view in the area. I agreed with...
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How to find a rare bird

How to find a rare bird

So, you want to find a rare bird, eh? Lewis’s Woodpecker – a rare bird in New York State Well, that’s easy enough to do. But first, a couple of questions: What is a rare bird? And, why? The answer to the first question is easy. A rare bird can be anything you want it to be. Really. You can make any birding quest to be as engaging and challenging as you see fit. After all, it is your list. And by that I mean that you can put a goal ahead of you and go for it. Nobody said it has to be an Olympic event. Many birders, like myself, keep various lists, such as a Life List, a...